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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Stage Addiction: Come Back, Little (Jeremy Sisto) Sheba

The Tony nominations will be out later today, but while you're waiting, here's a bump for your ravenous awards habit: the winners of the Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards, and Obie Awards. Congrats to our new buddy Euan...we loves you, baby!

Some other quick headlines for you, on this very busy day in New York theatre:

- Surprise (not): Festen will close this weekend, after bad reviews, small audiences, and terrible word of mouth. (Come back to Broadway soon, Jeremy Sisto...preferably with your shirt off and in a much better play.) Last year's big Pulitzer winner, Doubt, has also announced their closing date, for early July; it will be replaced at the Walter Kerr Theatre by the acclaimed musical Grey Gardens, which will move from Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons with its leading ladies, Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, in tow.

- So many shows have opened in the last few weeks, it's nearly impossible for your intrepid reporter to keep up with them all. Of course, the internet helps...check out Broadway.com's "opening night" video section, featuring live interviews and scenes. Currently in the mix: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Tarzan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Wedding Singer, The Drowsy Chaperone and more.

- Your favorite Broadway stars are transferring...to television! Starting next fall, you can see Taye Diggs on ABC, John Lithgow on NBC, and playwright Jon Robin Baitz (The Paris Letter), whose new show Brothers and Sisters will find a place on ABC (starring Calista Flockhart). And my earlier crack about Jeremy Sisto? Yeah, well, he's got a new NBC series, too. Let's hope he takes his shirt off, anyway.

- Some Broadway stars eschew television and stay put...or move to London. What. Ever. Tony winner Idina Menzel will be reprising her Wicked role while hubbie Diggs begins his series in La La Land. (Good news for British theatre fans, though; the heralded West End revival of Guys and Dolls is finally planning a New York transfer, albeit probably without original stars Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski.)

- Wanna know what that weird photo is at the top? It's a scene from the show that I think will have the most Tony nominations later today. Now guess.


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